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Extra and overweight baggage

Suitcases and bags.

Don’t get caught out at the airport – plan ahead to save time and money on all your baggage needs.

Extra bags on British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer

  • Every person over two years can pay for up to ten additional bags as well as their their free checked baggage allowance e.g. If your free checked baggage allowance is one bag, you can pay to take up to ten additional bags to have a total of eleven bags.
  • Each extra bag needs to meet the same size and weight limits as a standard checked bag.
  • The cheapest price for extra bags is on ba.com, except for a few routes where you need to pay at the airport. You can pay online at any time before you check in, otherwise you will need to pay at the airport.
  • At many airports, including London Heathrow, Gatwick and North America, you can only pay using a card. Please check with a member of our staff at the airport to find out if options are available for converting cash to a payment card.
Log in to your booking to pay for extra bags

How much does it cost?

If you have an existing booking, log in to Manage My Booking to view prices for your flights.

If you have booked through a travel agent or tour operator and your tickets haven't been issued yet, you may not be able to find prices online. In this case, please contact them to advise. Alternatively, and if you haven't booked yet, you can find our current prices below.

Current extra bag prices

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These extra bag charges are regulated by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC). Payment by cash may incur a commission charge.

Extra bags 120 USD for each bag
Animal in hold 240 USD for each animal transported

60 USD for first surfboard

120 USD for each additional surfboard

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Previous extra bag prices

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Economy – with inclusive checked baggage allowance



Changes and refunds

If you purchase extra bags online and then change your mind, you can either change or cancel them and request a refund. You must do this online at Manage My Booking before you check in. We're unable to process any change or refund requests after you have checked in, at the airport or once the flight has departed.

  • To change your extra bags, you will need to first cancel your purchase and then make a new one. The new purchase will be made using the current extra bag prices.
  • Purchasing transactions are not complete until they have been authorised by your payment provider and we have sent you a confirmation email.
  • Unless otherwise stated, we will only make a refund to the payment method you have originally used to purchase the extra bag.
Change or cancel an extra bag purchase

Overweight bags with British Airways, OpenSkies and BA CityFlyer

Hand baggage

If your hand baggage is over the weight limit, you will need to check it in and it will count towards your checked baggage allowance. If this then takes you over your free checked baggage allowance, or if you are travelling on a hand baggage only (Basic) fare, you will need to pay for extra baggage at the airport rate.

Checked baggage

If your checked bag weighs more than your allowance you may be charged extra at the airport:

Bag weight Charge per bag
23-32kg (51-70lb)

65 GBP / 75 EUR / 100 USD / 100 CAD per overweight bag and one-way journey.


If you are leaving from a country that uses a different local currency, the GBP amount will be converted to the local currency. Payment by cash may incur a commission charge.
If the journey to your destination is on more than one British Airways flight and your onward connection is within 24 hours, or to the first available connecting flight to your destination, then you will pay just one Heavy Bag Charge per overweight bag for the entire one-way journey.

Over 32kg (70lb)

Not possible to check in; you will need to ship your bags as freight or cargo.


More about taking heavy musical instruments

There are no overweight charges for personal wheelchairs, mobility aids or medical equipment but please check our disability assistance or medical information for specific advice.

More about checked baggage

Travelling on other carriers

Baggage allowances and policies vary by airline, even if you buy your flights through ba.com. Please note that payment by cash may incur a commission charge.


Our franchise partner Comair is an independent airline that uses British Airways branding and flight codes across its network. It operates across southern Africa (flight numbers BA6200-6449).

Extra bag charges


Online in advance

charge (23kg)

At the airport

charge (23kg)

Flights within South Africa

290 ZAR 385 ZAR

Flights from South Africa to and from Victoria Falls,

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

490 ZAR

624 ZAR / 50 USD /

1,650 MUR

All other flights N/A

950 ZAR / 70 USD /

2,350 MUR

Overweight bag charges


Overweight bag charge

(23-32kg; per person and one-way journey)

Flights within South Africa 300 ZAR

Flights from South Africa to and from Victoria Falls,

Zambia, Zimbabwe, Windhoek and Mauritius

500 ZAR / 40 USD / 1,300 MUR
All other flights 700 ZAR / 60 USD / 1,850 MUR


Our franchise partner SUN-AIR of Scandinavia is an independent airline that uses British Airways branding and flight codes across its network. It operates flights across northern Europe (flight numbers BA8200-8299).

The charges for extra and overweight baggage are the same as for British Airways operated flights.

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Check your hand baggage allowance on American Airlines, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines and Qatar Airways.

For other airlines, please refer to their websites or contact them directly.

Find out which airline you are flying with in Manage My Booking